Tools & Equipment

Newly Minted 18-Year-Old Fabricator with J. Auston Fabrications Celebrates Adulthood with a Brand New Custom Camaro Courtesy of GEARWRENCH at SEMA 2018

LAS VEGAS – When John “Jack” Auston, III, became an official adult on Oct. 3, 2018, little did he know that less than 30-days later he’d be the winner of the GEARWRENCH Win A Camaro Challenge at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. He did, in fact, receive the birthday gift of a lifetime – a brand new, custom Chevy Camaro.
Auston, 18, lives in Highlands Ranch, Col., just outside of Denver, and was participating in the 2018 SEMA Show, an annual gathering of 160,000 auto industry professionals and technicians. He works as a fabricator for his father, John Auston, Jr. at J. Auston Fabrications and is a senior at Highlands Ranch High School.
The GEARWRENCH Challenge is designed off the side profile of the No. 1 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race car, driven by Jamie McMurray. It includes four timed activity stations using GEARWRENCH tools. GEARWRENCH is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group


Salt Lake City, Utah – Nov 1, 2018 – The PowerWiper team was recognized with the 2019 Global Media Award this week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas for its revolutionary windshield cleaning product the PowerWiper.

"What a great debut for the PowerWiper at the SEMA show! Our invention, the PowerWiper, was just chosen for a Global Media Award. To be recognized in this manner is a true and humbling honor!" said James Nelson, the founder and Director for

The SEMA Global Media Awards Program recognizes those companies that manufacture specialty equipment products and accessories that would have mass appeal to consumers in countries outside the United States. The products are voted on by a prestigious group of international journalists who serve as judges.

Hunter Engineering features its award-winning AutoComp Elite® brake lathe at the 2018 SEMA Show

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LAS VEGAS - Hunter is proud to feature its AutoComp Elite® brake lathe at the 2018 SEMA Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2018 (South Hall, Booth #41013).

AutoComp Elite® has (patent pending) automatic compensation technology that directly determines the position of the internal compensation plates to maximize speed and accuracy without operator intervention. The result is the fastest, highest quality brake job possible.

The brake lathe is equipped with a 7" touchscreen that provides a user-friendly interface, allowing technicians to quickly look up required adaptors, operate the lathe including changing cutting direction and speed, and view instructional videos. The interface also includes the BitMinder feature which monitors bit life and recommends replacement to improve cut quality and reduce waste.

Hunter Engineering is featuring NEW Push Reports at the 2018 SEMA Show

LAS VEGAS – Hunter Engineering Company® is releasing its latest HunterNet® feature, Push Reports, at the 2018 SEMA Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2. Live demonstrations will take place in South Hall, Booth #41013.

Push Reports helps shops set and achieve target goals, maximize productivity and convert more service opportunities by providing inspection, alignment and balancing performance reports.

Connected equipment results are ‘pushed’ to shops, eliminating the need to pull information manually; creating opportunities for service providers to make immediate data-driven decisions when identifiying a potential problem or opportunity. Customer’s can choose whether they’d like reports sent to them midday or end of day.

“Shops have always invested in equipment that drives performance, quality and their bottom line. With the new push reporting, the value of Hunter equipment is greater than ever before,” said Alan Hagerty, Hunter Product Manager.


Tom Burden, Founder and Inventor of the Grypmat and previous SharkTank and SEMA Launchpad Winner, is debuting a groundbreaking, student-made Electric Race car at Booth #10005 at this year’s SEMA show.

After winning SEMA Launchpad last year as well as the Global Media Award for Best New Product, Grypmat has returned to this year’s show with the debut of an Electric Hybrid Race Car in collaboration with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR.)

Grypmat is a SharkTank company in proud partnerships with Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, and Lori Greiner. Grypmats are used by organizations such as Google, NASA, Virgin Orbit, and NASCAR and the company has received awards such as the Gold Edison Award, Unique Design at the National Hardware Show, Core77 Design award, Best New Product award at the Good Guys car show, and is in consideration for TIME’s Invention of the Year Award.


Pirelli’s P Zero and Plus tire lines for North America take center stage, including the newest Scorpion All Terrain Plus

Brantley Gilbert’s Ford F-150 truck equipped with P Zero tires; Pirelli’s booth to feature the Karma Revero, 1964 Porsche 365 “Emory Special” and Dodge Demon custom build, plus new Pirelli IXOOST Speakers on display with a Big Machine Records playlist

Hunter Engineering to showcase its NEW SmartWeight® Pro at the 2018 SEMA Show

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LAS VEGAS – Hunter Engineering Company® is pleased to showcase its SmartWeight® Pro at the 2018 SEMA Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 (South Hall, Booth #41013). SmartWeight® Pro is Hunter’s latest intuitive, mid-range wheel balancer that offers upscale, premium features.

The wheel balancer is equipped with a no-touch wheel measurement system that allows the technician to easily determine weight placement using laser vision, simplifying the balancing process. Hunter’s patented software, SmartWeight® technology, helps improve balance, minimize weight usage and maximize productivity.

SmartWeight® Pro offers a user-friendly interface with single-knob navigation, 3D graphics, and on-the-job training that covers basic techniques and advanced procedures in multiple languages. Additional key features include CenteringCheck® which ensures proper centering, and a space-saving hood design that allows the machine to be installed against the wall, maximizing shop space.

NEW: Alignment machine integration unveiled by Hunter Engineering and TCS at the 2018 SEMA Show

LAS VEGAS – Hunter Engineering Company® and TCS are featuring a new alignment machine and point of sale integration through TireWorks® HD at the 2018 SEMA Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Live demonstrations will take place in South Hall, Booth #41013.

The integration partnership allows shops to automatically integrate alignment results with work orders and a customer’s record. Furthermore, service providers can access alignment results from anywhere, which is even more beneficial to those with multiple rooftops - no more calling other shops to sift through past records.

In addition, the software offers an optional TCS Live Feed feature that allows customers to view their service and alignment history online, anywhere at anytime.

#Labocosmetica: a wide range of extremely evolved products for the most demanding detailers


For the first time, MAFRA participates in the SEMA Show with #Labocosmetica, its division dedicated to car detailing. At Stand 16225, the detailers of the #Labocosmetica team perform live polishing and soft detailing demos, challenging their American colleagues, who are past masters in the matter.


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Environmentally Smooth. LAS VEGAS, NV. SEMA, October 2018 - When you think about innovation and the environment, think of Swisstrax modular floorings newest line of tile. The Diamondtrax® is a durable tile that is 100% recyclable and features a revolutionary non-slip diamond traction. These tiles are perfect for residential and business use. From garages, pools and patios, to athletic flooring, man caves and event applications, these tiles are fit for purpose.

The Diamondtrax® is very durable and features a compressive strength of more than 3,120 psi and 70,000 lbs of rollover weight. It can withstand any climate rain or shine, with a UV stabalizer mixed into the material as well as the color pigments, making it highly fade resistant. This tile not only makes a positive inpact in your space, but it also makes a positive impact in our environment.

The Diamondtrax® is a unique and effective way to make the ordinary extraordinary.

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